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New Books

  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The following are books that are soon to be released and are certain to be popular. To place a hold, just click on the title and then on “Request/Hold” and have your Library card handy.

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
A Dog in the Cave by Kay Frydenborg
Get it Together, Delilah! By Erin Gough
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Well, That Was Awkward by Rachel Vail

Teen Events

Teen After Hours – High Tide

Friday, May 12th from 5 – 6 p.m.
Ages 12+
Join us for a nautical night of reading perks, snacks, music and friends. Win copies of advance review books and be the first to check out new books and dvds. Have your library fines deleted and watch book to film trailers. Help choose our next teen titles and plug your playlist into the surround sound. After hours, the library is yours! Use code word “Tidal Wave” to enter the building after closing.

play-unpluggedPlay Unplugged at the Essex Library

Friday afternoons from 3 – 4:30 p.m.
Ages 13 and up
Middle and high school students are invited to join teen expert Cooper to learn the basics of a variety of popular card games including Magic the Gathering. This group meets weekly on Fridays from 3-4:30 p.m. Here you will learn game basics and how to build a strategic deck. Unofficial tournaments for both new and experienced players will be held with cards as prizes.  Registration is not required for this event.

Teen Blog – Teen Space

Screenshot - Teen SpaceWe are excited to announce our new teen blog – Essex Library Teen Space! Please click here or on the image to access the blog.



Teen Service

Free Permit Practice Tests

In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Essex Public Library is offering FREE Connecticut Driver Permit practice tests. For information on taking the CT Driving Test and to see the Driving Handbook, click here or on the icon and practice away!

Need a good book suggestion? Teen reviews have been posted! Visit our new YA blog or come in to check out the new book review binder labeled “Read This!” Included are the 2014 Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominees, top 25 teen nominations for 2013, the Nutmeg List among many 2014 awards for audio books and DVDs. Don’t leave empty handed!

Want to share a good book? Feeling especially passionate about something you’ve just read? Come in and visit. We’d love to add your video or written reviews to our selection. You never know whose life a good book will change for the better.  Visit Riley Sullivan’s newest video review here.

New Teen Computer!

Teen Computer from grant

New Teen Computer – The Essex Library is pleased to announce the addition of a new Teen IMac desktop computer and software thanks to the generosity of Community Foundation of Middlesex County.

The computer was purchased through the “Live and Learn” grant recently awarded to the Essex Library.

CFMC logoThis grant has also allowed us to present Teen programing and purchase technology for the benefit our young adults. The Essex Library Association extends its thanks to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County!

Teen Recommendations

Book finderYALSA’s Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians, or any lover or YA literature to access the past three years of YALSA’s awards and lists on their Smartphone, iPod or iPad.  App features include: a homepage featuring titles from the database, refreshed each day, a book search engine, a Find It button (powered by OCLC WorldCat Search) a favorites button and the ability to share brooks from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook. Scan the QR Code in our YA Department to get the app today! Click here for the link to the app.



EasyBib is an app which is free in iTunes. It enables you to create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Use EasyBib to build and manage your works cited. Once done, email and then export your citations to EasyBib.com’s popular bibliography management service. It works best with iPhone 4. It also works with iPad and iPod Touch, but camera on these devices requires that barcodes need to be held steady and at a proper distance for the scanner to pick it up.


Teen Junior FriendsThe Junior Friends of the Essex Library

The Junior Friends of the Essex Library help to plan and promote programs, work on community service projects, fundraise for the Library, and read with younger students. We’re working on a new Jr. Friends schedule and are always looking for volunteers to help with children’s and teen programs. We’re also looking for older readers for our Reading Buddies program on Monday afternoons. Junior Friends Recruitment is ongoing – please let us know if you’d like to get like to get involved! If you would like to become a Junior Friend, please visit the Library for more information or check out the “Want to Join?” page on our blog. You can also email Jessica at anytime.

Teen VolunteersAre you in need of community service?

Or just willing to help out? Jessica is looking for a few volunteers to help keep the YA corner in tip-top shape! Over the past few months we’ve had a rise in teen readers which is wonderful! The books are flying off the displays faster than we can replace them. If you’re a lover of YA literature or just want to help out, let her know. If you or anyone you know might be interested in either situation, email Jessica.

Check Out the Essex Library’s New Teen Space blog!


Need reliable (and last minute) research help? The free online resource, researchIT CT is here for you! Don’t forget about researchIT CT where you can find articles and information that you can trust. If you’re in need of a little project help, please visit the Children’s department for a researchIT CT tutorial. We’re always happy to help!